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Tullibardine 2004 The Murray / Bot.2016


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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

18th Sep 2017


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In 2016 Tullibardine launched the so-called Marquess Collection in which they present historical figures rather than an age statement. Ouch, that did not come out right. After all, the label clearly states this is distilled in 2004, so if you calculate quickly you will realize this malt is about 12 years old. The first in the series – The Murray – is in honor of Lord William Murray, the Marquess of Tullibardine. The nose starts on gummi bears and freshly sawn planks, before offering up some summery fruit. Thank mandarin, nectarine and mango, but also a fresh apple and some gooseberries. In all honesty: it works. It is wonderfully oily, but piquant. Very sweet again, almost candy-like, but the spices become quite loud. Think chili peppers and a bit of ginger. Loads of citrus now. Midpalate it becomes a tad floral. Lavender? Close, at least. I did not need this. The finish is quite long and spicy, but the floral element slowly creeps in and becomes dominant. It starts to lean towards perfume. Clearly first fill bourbon with a bit of too loud spices, but okay for the rest. Around 55 EUR for a 12 year old malt at cask strength? That’s actually quite nice. I did enjoy the nose.

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MadSingleMalt commented

Oh, this thing's named after an historical figure? Well that's good. I always figured it was some cynical gesture toward that Ewok guy.


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markjedi1 commented

LOL, that was the first association I made as well. Luckily that is not the case.

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